As the holidays approach parents will notice that kids may begin to act out. There are many reasons why this may occur, and as I asked questions about it, I became aware of a phenomenon that we as parents and society create that may well be a major part of the reason why kids' behavior changes at this time of year.
A mother who joined one our parent chats reported that when she asked her 7 year old son if she needed any parenting advice, he said, "Well duh, we need to have more play time."
Have more play time. Sounds pretty simple. But as we grow up and are strongly encouraged to "get serious" about life we lose the PLAY and the importance of making all that we do fun.
The mother above is the parent to a child who lives for play, fun, creativity and socializing. She wanted to explore new ways to help her son become more cooperative in getting his chores done. What if it begins with the parent? What would happen if kids could see parents doing the most mundane chore and having fun while doing it? Would the kids see that chores don't need to be mundane and boring? For some kids this is their nature and being true to their nature while they are children will allow them to grow up and be the creative, fun beings that contribute to the world.
‘Tis the time when families and friends come together to celebrate using rituals and traditions. For many this means fulfilling traditions that have been handed down from year to year, even generation to generation. Some of these traditions still spark excitement, adventure and fun as we celebrate. And some are still done just because it is what is expected.
Are your current traditions contributing to Holiday Burnout?
Look at the traditions currently being used and begin the process of choosing to keep the ones that work for you and your family and eliminating the ones that don’t. Check in and see how much stress adding these traditions to your life may be causing.
Your Foolproof Morning Routine for a Low-Stress Holiday Season
Submitted by Daniel Sherwin
Are your kids’ meltdowns putting a damper on your holiday joy? Disruptions to familiarity and routine can make the holidays a stressful time for kids, but you don’t need to suffer until the season is over. With a positive morning routine for the holidays, you can keep your kids’ anxiety (and yours!) in check and start each day off on a positive note. Here’s how you can create a morning routine that sets the stage for a stress-free holiday season.
Mary Dravis-Parrish, CBF, CFMW
Mary shares her desire to create different possibilities for families and individuals who are looking to live a more conscious and aware lifestyle. BE YOU Parenting is for parents who want to BE all that they truly BE and to allow their kids the same privilege.